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Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last person to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," died on Monday in Texas following ongoing heath issues, his family said. He was 82....



King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump
ATLANTA (AP) -- As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation's first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters....



Teen slain in 'rape-murder fantasy' was friend to the lonely
GLENSIDE, Pa. (AP) -- The smiles radiate from photos posted online by friends: Grace Packer sporting an impish grin as a toddler, floating happily in a pool as a young teen, leaning in to talk to a friend at her school lunch table....



Parties, protests to take over DC for Trump's inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration the day after. How many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question....



Officials: FBI arrests widow of Orlando nightclub shooter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, has been arrested by the FBI on in connection with the attack, authorities said Monday....



A look at next steps after damning report on Chicago police
CHICAGO (AP) -- The release of a damning Department of Justice report, which found civil rights abuses permeate Chicago's 12,000-officer police force, was in many ways just the start of a process that could take a decade or more....



Years after slayings, some seek relief in killer's execution
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The brutal murders of a well-known Richmond couple and their young daughters as they were preparing to host a New Year's party sent shock waves through Virginia's capital city. More than 11 years later, some hope the execution of a man convicted in their deaths will close a painful chapter of this community's history....



Ice threat lingers for some Midwest states
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A few states in the Midwest again are on alert for icy conditions....



After long decline, St. Louis tries to rebuild with startups
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It's tough to rebuild a city's image when the national perception is that it peaked a century ago, and when recent news has sometimes been dismal....



States can offer a lesson as GOP proposes deep cut taxes
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans who have pledged to cut federal taxes to boost the economy might consider looking first at lessons learned in GOP-controlled states that adopted similar strategies, only to see growth falter and budget gaps widen....